Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - ‘Keep it dignified’: CNRP

‘Keep it dignified’: CNRP

Deputy opposition leader Kem Sokha talks to party members and supporters in Prey Veng province on Sunday. Photo supplied
Deputy opposition leader Kem Sokha talks to party members and supporters in Prey Veng province on Sunday. Photo supplied

‘Keep it dignified’: CNRP

The Cambodia National Rescue Party yesterday issued a directive to its members and supporters to steer away from using inflammatory rhetoric, saying insulting, immoral and bad words have for too long plagued Cambodia’s political discourse and damaged the Kingdom’s “dignity and prestige”.

Since signing a deal to smooth political relations and start a so-called “culture of dialogue” in July 2014, politicians from both parties have undermined several pledges to stop personal attacks on their opponents.

Yesterday, the CNRP again called for “leaders, activists and supporters . . . to maintain dignity and high morality, and avoid insulting and using insulting words” when expressing their views via media.

CNRP president Sam Rainsy, who has long traded heated barbs with Prime Minister Hun Sen, said the statement was the result of a meeting between acting CNRP president Kem Sokha and the premier on Wednesday.

Cambodian People’s Party spokesman Sok Eysan said he would “wait and see” whether the announcement would work, adding he doubted Rainsy – who has continued attacking the politically sensitive links between the government and Vietnam via Facebook in recent weeks – would abide by the pledge.

But via email, the CNRP leader, who is currently living abroad to avoid seemingly politically motivated charges, claimed he didn’t make things personal.

“As for me, contrary to Hun Sen over the last few months, I have never evoked any personal issue, feeling or resentment as a pretext to increase the political tension at the national level,” said Rainsy.

MOST VIEWED

  • Man arrested for fake PM endorsement

    The owner of currency exchange company GCG Asia Co Ltd was temporarily detained by the court yesterday for attempted fraud after Prime Minister Hun Sen reacted to the company using his name and pictures to allege his endorsement of the firm. Phnom Penh Municipal Court

  • Archeologists find ancient phallic statue

    An archeological team has found a metre-long tipless stone linga (penis) of the Hindu deity Shiva in the foundations of a temple in Kratie province’s historical Samphu Borak area, a former capital of the pre-Angkor Empire Chenla period. Thuy Chanthourn, the deputy director of

  • Sihanoukville authority orders structure dismantled

    The Preah Sihanouk provincial administration has ordered owners of two unauthorised construction sites to immediately dismantle them and warned of legal action if the owners failed to comply. Ly Chet Niyom, development management and construction bureau chief at the provincial hall, told The Post on

  • Police seek arrest of Chinese ‘gang’

    Cambodian police remain on the lookout for 20 Chinese nationals who earlier this month posted a video clip threatening to stoke insecurity in Preah Sihanouk province, though the Chinese Embassy in Phnom Penh maintained the group posed no threats to Cambodia’s national security. National Police